Last week I mentioned that the dishwasher broke. That’s the second one in 15 years. We thought about getting it repaired but it’s the electronic panel that’s broken (expensive to repair) and it’s a really crappy dishwasher so we’ve decided to buy a new one. The next day while I was hand washing the dishes I was pondering how I might repurpose the trays from the dishwasher and came up with a great idea.
It turns out that it’s perfect for storing my glass sheets! The glass pieces are 10 x 10 so I can fit 2 rows. The wide section where the utensil basket was is perfect for my clear glass.
The best part is that it rolls completely under the table out of the way. This one has my opaque and fancy glass. I needed one for the transparent and small pieces.
When the new dishwasher was delivered Monday I asked the guys if they had any broken dishwashers on the truck and could I have the lower basket. At first they thought I was crazy but they were both country boys and appreciated my recycling efforts.
They had 2 but they said one was disgusting. Now all of my glass is stored much more easily accessible. The utensil basket will be great for storing my tools. These slide under the table completely out of my way.
Lasts night was the second session in my fused glass class. I'm following along with the class projects so that I can learn how the instructor makes glass. I've already picked up some new techniques. In the first class we made tiles. I decided to make small tiles to use on my mosaic wall. I'll stick these in a section and create some stems for a little bouquet. The thing I worked on last night might turn out cool or it might be a complete disaster. It's a 50/50 chance. I'll see next week.
Another reason that I'm taking the class is to get some advice on problems that I'm having. One of those problems is this. The kiln wash sometimes sticks to the back of my pieces, especially to the opaque glass.
The glass shop has EVERY possible tool. last night I took in this piece and Jude taught me how to use the sand blaster. They also have a saw, several grinders, a surface grinder and 4 kilns. A lot of people take her class every session just to have access to the tools. It certainly would be more cost beneficial for me to take the class periodically and save up pieces for sawing, sand blasting and grinding.
Not that I've gotten the kiln wash off this piece I'm trying to decide if I'm going to refire it to get the shine back on the back. The front is still pristine. But as I looked at it I kind of like the matte finish of the back. Something to ponder.